The Glencoe Park District is busy planning playground renovations at three parks: Woodlawn Park, Old Elm Park, and Vernon and Jefferson Park. Each project requires nearly a year of planning and permitting before construction begins.
The planning process for the three playgrounds began in the summer after Board discussions. From there, landscape architects at AltaManu are tasked with creating conceptual plans for each site within the budget approved by the Board.
On December 5, architects from AltaManu shared conceptual plans for the three playground renovations at a community meeting. Each playground is inspired by play, with materials and play pieces specially selected to encourage imaginative play, active play and movement. Plans can be seen here. All conceptual plans are preliminary and are changing based on Board and community input received on December 5. The Board will be meeting again on January 9 at 7:00 PM to discuss the updated plans.
“When finished, each playground will include unique elements and fun features for kids to explore,” said Lisa Sheppard,
Under the current timeline, the new playgrounds will be sent out to bid in late winter with construction scheduled to start in late spring or early summer.
All the new playgrounds will meet current ADA and CPSC codes.